Esoteric London

No. 65: Duke of York Street, SW1

Posted in Pubs, Wildlife by esotericlondon on May 28, 2010

The Red Lion, Duke of York Street, London, SW1. Photo © Roger Dean 2010

The Little World of London – Charles Manby Smith, 1857:

In the animal kingdom, there are three Antelopes ; fourteen Brown Bears, besides a whole bear-garden of various other lively colours ; Birds in the Hand, five ; Black Bulls, sixteen; Bulls’ Heads, twenty-five; Black Dogs, four; Black Horses, twenty-five ; Black Lions, ten ; Black Swans, six; Blue Boars, seven ; one Blue Pig ; one Blue Lion ; one Camel ; four Cart-horses ; three Cats ; one Civet Cat; twenty Cocks ; four Cocks with Bottles ; two Cocks with Hoops, and one Cock and Neptune ; two Dogs and Ducks ; fourteen Dolphins ; six Eagles ; seven Elephants with or without Castles ; ten Falcons ; one Fish ; thirty Foxes, with Grapes, Geese, or Hounds; three Hampshire Hogs; five Hares and Hounds ; ten Goats, some in Boots, and some furnished with a pair of Compasses ; thirty Green Men ; nine Greyhounds ; two Hen and Chickens ; one Hog in the Pound ; twenty- seven Horses and Grooms; ten Lions in a state of nature, some téte-a-téte with Lambs, some with French Horns ; ninety Lions in red skins, anti twenty-eight in white ones ; seven Magpies, one with a Maiden, three with a Stump, one with a Pewter Platter, and one with a Punch-bowl; twenty Nags’ heads ; one Old Cock; one Old Fox ; six Old Red Lions ; and four Old Swans. There are twelve Peacocks one Pheasant ; four Pied Bulls ; two Barns ; two Ravens nine Red Cows ; one Red Horse ; ten Roebucks ; seven Running Horses ; one Running Footman ; three Spotted Dogs ; eleven Spread Eagles ; thirty Swans, some with Horse-shoes, some with Sugar -loaves, and one with two Necks ; five Tigers ; twelve Turks’ Heads ; five Unicorns ; eighteen White Bears; seventy White Harts, and only one White Hind; fifty-four White Horses ; one White Raven; thirty-one White Swans ; four Stags ; one Leopard ; three British Lions, and one Porcupine.